Callum Ilott fastest in rainy Pau practice

Callum Ilott was fastest in practice as rain struck the competitors ahead of this weekends Pau Grand Prix, round three of the 2016 FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

The British teenager, racing for Van Amersfoort Racing, set a best time of 1m21.564s in the opening of the two forty-five minute sessions on Friday morning, and then backed that up with the fastest time of 1m22.000s in the second session.

Held in conditions that varied from wet to very wet, there were very few dramas, with most drivers getting in a good number of laps despite the trickiness of driving the tight, Armco-lined Pau circuit.

Ilott was the only driver in either session to dip below the 1m22s bracket, with Alessio Lorandi his closest challenger in the opening session, the Italian setting a time of 1m22.030s for Carlin, although he was forced to sit out the second session following an accident.

Hitech GP duo Ben Barnicoat and George Russell were third and fourth, making it three Brits inside the top four, with Mikkel Jensen fifth for Mücke Motorsport ahead of Motopark’s Niko Kari.

Ryan Tveter seventh for Carlin ahead of Prema Powerteam duo Lance Stroll and Nick Cassidy, while Anthoine Hubert completed the top ten for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Cassidy was second in the second session behind Ilott, setting a time of 1m22.293s, with Prema team-mates Ralf Aron and Stroll third and fourth ahead of Russell, Barnicoat and Tveter.

Jensen was eighth in this session ahead of Motopark’s Joel Eriksson, while Hubert once again completed the top ten.

It was a good couple of sessions for sixteen-year-old debutant David Beckmann, who is a welcome addition to the championship this weekend at Mücke Motorsport. After being forced to sit out the first two rounds due to his age, the German finally got on track in Pau, and was fifteenth in the opening session before moving up to twelfth in the second.

Pau Grand Prix Free Practice 1 Times

16Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m21.564s24
24Alessio LorandiITACarlin1m22.030s22
324Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP1m22.069s22
412George RussellGBRHitech GP1m22.175s23
57Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m22.519s23
610Niko KariFINMotopark1m22.540s22
73Ryan TveterUSACarlin1m22.607s25
81Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m22.812s22
92Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1m22.868s23
1021Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1m22.882s25
115Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing1m23.119s23
1215Arjun MainiINDThreeBond with T-Sport1m23.125s25
1317Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1m23.191s12
1411Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP1m23.248s21
158David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport1m23.441s20
169Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m23.607s21
1722Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1m23.632s22
1816Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1m23.766s22
1918Zhi Cong LiCHNCarlin1m24.614s23
2023Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark1m24.779s22
2120Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m25.663s25

Pau Grand Prix Free Practice 2 Times

16Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m22.000s19
22Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1m22.293s20
316Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1m22.338s21
41Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m22.399s24
512George RussellGBRHitech GP1m22.467s16
624Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP1m22.512s14
73Ryan TveterUSACarlin1m22.559s24
87Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m22.567s20
922Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1m22.767s19
1021Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1m22.861s22
1117Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1m23.055s21
128David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport1m23.600s24
139Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m23.601s18
1410Niko KariFINMotopark1m23.620s21
1523Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark1m23.764s17
1615Arjun MainiINDThreeBond with T-Sport1m24.023s18
1718Zhi Cong LiCHNCarlin1m24.433s21
1811Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP1m24.749s11
1920Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m25.108s20
205Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing1m25.500s12
214Alessio LorandiITACarlinNo Time0